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Friday, October 05

Social Media and Election Season

By Brad

Via Kristen A. Lee of the New York Daily News comes a look at how popular Twitter was during Wednesday night’s presidential debate:

Twitter users sent a record 10.3 million tweets — a new milestone in the revolution of how Americans take part in the political process.

With their iPads and cell phones, millions of people virtually joined the candidates on the debate stage, analyzing their every word in real time.

The last Twitter record was set during Obama’s convention speech last month, which triggered 52,757 tweets per minute at one point.

Tuesday, February 07

Election Attention

By Brad

Social networking services like Facebook and Twitter may have gobs of users, but a new report from Pew finds that when it comes to political news during this campaign season, cable news is still dominating. From Pew:

Very few Americans regularly learn about the campaign from Facebook (6%) or Twitter (2%). This partly reflects the fact that these social networks are not used at all by large numbers of Americans. But even among Twitter users, just 17% say they regularly learn about the presidential election from Twitter; another 24% say they sometimes learn about the campaign this way. Most Twitter users say they hardly ever (19%) or never (40%) learn about the election from Twitter.

Similarly, only about one-in-ten (11%) people who use social networking sites, such as Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, say they regularly learn about the campaign from Facebook and another quarter say they sometimes do. Almost half of social networkers (46%) say they never learn about the election there. Another 17% say they hardly ever learn about the campaign from Facebook.

Not surprisingly, younger Americans are more engaged via social networks, but Pew’s study also points out that so far the younger generations aren’t as engaged in campaigns as they were four years ago.

Friday, November 12

A Conversation With TechCrunch — Part 4

By Brad

Our Co-Chairs Bruce Mehlman and David Sutphen recently chatted with Andrew Keen from TechCrunch about last week’s election, the road ahead for the FCC, and how President Obama can “win back Silicon Valley.” The conversations have been broken up into a series, and TechCrunch has been kind enough to allow us to post them here throughout the week.

Here’s part four, which covers the future of net neutrality:

Tuesday, November 09

A Conversation With TechCrunch — Part 1

By Brad

Our Co-Chairs Bruce Mehlman and David Sutphen recently chatted with Andrew Keen from TechCrunch about last week’s election, the road ahead for the FCC, and how President Obama can “win back Silicon Valley.” The conversations have been broken up into a series, and TechCrunch has been kind enough to allow us to post them here throughout the week.

Here’s part one:

 

Thursday, October 14

The Privacy Issue

By Brad

In privacy news, Juliana Gruenwald from Tech Daily Dose reports that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has launched an effort to make privacy concerns a major campaign issue:

[T]he Privacy 2010 campaign… provides a list of 10 questions that can be posed to candidates for offices at all levels of government for this fall’s midterm elections. The list includes whether candidates oppose the federal government’s plan to install body scanners in U.S. airports and calls to expand the National Security Agency’s surveillance authority and whether they support open Internet rules and online consumer privacy rights.

EPIC is not providing any campaign donations or backing any particular candidates. “The goal is to raise the visibility of privacy issues,” EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg said.

EPIC’s “10 questions” are available at the Privacy 2010 website.

Tuesday, April 07

Googling Elections

By Brad

Via TechCrunch comes word of Google India Elections Center, a site dedicated to educate India’s 700 million voters on the country’s upcoming election. The site is available in both English and Hindi, and helps voters find polling locations, see their constituency on a map, and get election news, among other things.

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